Art

Map Collages by Matthew Cusik

December 13, 2010

Christopher Jobson

I am totally in awe of the detailed map collage work of Dallas, Texas artist Matthew Cusik.

Defacements are obsessively crafted amalgamations of word and image in the tradition of altered books and concrete poetry. The re-contextualization of image, word, and number creates a new storyline that is often in the spirit of a prankster student who has marked up a textbook with irreverent and provocative commentary.

His large-scale Bible work, Passages, is also something to behold. (via green chair press

 

 



Photography

Romain Laurent

December 13, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Delightfully surreal photos by Romain Laurent.

 

 



Design

The Mobile Egg House

December 13, 2010

Christopher Jobson

In an attempt to save money on rent Dai Haifei, a 24-year-old architect in Beijing has constructed a mobile egg-shaped home from bamboo, wood and grass seed.

He moved the house steps away from his office where he would stay until midnight before going to sleep inside the “egg”. There’s only one bed, a water tank and a lamp inside the house.

“I feel good living here though it’s simple, and a bit cold sometimes, what important for me, is – it saves me a lot of money!” Dai told a reporter.

 

 



Design

Tape Lamp

December 12, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Nostalgia has come a long way. The Tape Lamp designed by Denis Krylov and Andrei Hakhovich out of San Francisco is a minimalist cube of plexiglass with laser cut slots containing 100 cassette tapes. The tapes are real and can be wound left or right to customize the look of the lamp. Now for sale via Etsy. (via dornob)

 

 



Design

East Campus Roller Coaster 2010: The Reverse Cowgirl

December 12, 2010

Christopher Jobson

This September students from MIT built a vertical wooden roller coaster from scratch. What happened to drinking beer and playing video games?

Rush 2010 featured EC’s first fully vertical wooden roller coaster track. The Reverse Cowgirl, designed by Mike Nawrot ’12 and Romain Teil ’11 dropped its riders vertically, then turned them face down as they skimmed 2 feet above the ground, face down and strapped with their backs to the cart, before bringing them back to vertical upside-down.

From what I can gather this appears to be part of an annual coaster tradition that is only vaguely documented online. Additional photos here. (via make)

 

 



Art Design

The World by Paula Scher

December 11, 2010

Christopher Jobson

The World is a new painting by Paula Scher that is available as a 16-panel set or as a full image over at 20×200.

The World is a painting about information overload. It depicts the world as swirling information that is always changing, often inaccurate, while somewhat illuminating. It is expressionistic information.

You can purchase the full set of 16 prints, or order single panels that will be selected at random and shipped to you. A full one-third of the proceeds will benefit Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

 

 



Animation Music

Eskmo: We Got More

December 11, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Fun new video for We Got More by Eskmo off of Ninja Tune. Kind of has a modern Terry Gilliam animation feel to it that I really dig. (via hirngerechte gestaltung)